As COVID-19 restrictions ease in China, the people are experiencing more freedoms. The Chinese government has been one of the strictest in the world following the outbreak that began in Wuhan China in late 2019. Shanghai Disneyland has closed and reopened 3 times this year alone due to the ongoing pandemic. Most recently the park closed again on November 29 to comply with governmental measures a mere 4 days after it reopened from the latest closure in October.
On Thursday, Shanghai Disneyland will resume operations again. The announcement comes after the Chinese government released a statement saying the measures would be relaxing. According to Reuters, after widespread protest, the government “is is pivoting away from its zero-COVID policy to let people live with the disease.” The new measures will allow Covid positive patients with mild symptoms to quarantine at home and will do away with testing requirements for domestic travel. Citizens in China cheered at the new developments and according to one report, many have stated that “It’s time for our lives to return to normal, and for China to return to the world.”
Disney’s website states that the Park will open at 8:00 am on December 8 and will close at 8:00 pm. It does warn that some attractions, entertainment options and dining and retail locations may not be open due to reduced capacity but that for the most part full operations are resuming. The site also recommends those who have had travel plans impacted by the closure contact Disney or their travel agent for refund. However, anyone with a valid ticket dated between November 28- December 7 needs only present their ticket at the park and it will be valid for the next 6 months. The site also reminds guests that it is their responsibility to monitor and make sure they remain compliant with the latest safety measures issued by the government.